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Genzebe Dibaba powers to world-leading indoor 1500m time in Karlsruhe

Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba clocked a world-leading time (3:57.45) to win the women’s 1,500m at the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe, the first meeting of the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Tour, in Germany on Saturday.

Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia celebrates after winning Women's 1500m final of the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Tour in Karlsruhe, Germany, on 3 February, 2018. (Xinhua/Luo Huanhuan)
Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia celebrates after winning Women's 1500m final of the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Tour in Karlsruhe, Germany, on 3 February, 2018. (Xinhua/Luo Huanhuan)

Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba clocked a world-leading time to win the women’s 1,500m at the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe, the first meeting of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, in Germany on Saturday.

The 27-year-old stopped the clock in 3:57.45 in front of a vociferous sell-out crowd of 4,500 at the Messe Halle Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre), just 2.28 seconds short of the 3:55.17 world indoor record time which she set at same meeting in 2014.

Dibaba‘s time ranks as the second fastest indoor 1500m time in history. She also clocked 4:00.13 in Karlsruhe in 2012, which is now the 10th fastest run of all-time.

German Konstanze Klosterhalfen finished second in 4:04.00 while Kenyans Beatrice Chepkoech and Winny Chebet settled for third and fourth places, clocking 4:08.33 and 4:09.45 respectively.

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Ethiopian 1-2

Other Ethiopians Hagos Gebrhiwet and Yomif Kejelcha cruised to an Ethiopian 1-2 in the men’s 3000m. Gebrhiwet secured top honours in a world-leading time of 7.37.91 while Kejelcha followed in a personal best time of  7:38.67.

Moroccan Abdalaati Iguider, with his traditional strong late finishing kick, clocked 7:39.92 for third position ahead of 2017 European indoor champion Adel Mechaal of Spain (7:74.14).

Other IAAF World Indoor Tour legs are scheduled for Düsseldorf, Madrid, Boston and Toruń before the series’ conclusion in Glasgow on 25 February.

VIEW -> RESULTS – Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe 2018

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Yomog Meje is a former Nigerian junior athlete and the Associate editor at Athletics Africa.

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